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: Rear Strut bar



Pete03GLS
02-18-2008, 11:44 PM
i want to make my own rear strut bar for my xd...

ive got a general idea of what i need for materials

some steel for the base bracket, couple of bolts, and something to connect the 2 sides with.

does anyone have any recommendations or tips of what to use or how to do it?

and when i get it done. id love to make a DIY on this.

KeWLKaT
02-18-2008, 11:45 PM
Do you know how to weld and possess a MIG at least? If not, then you are SOL.



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bdiggy
02-18-2008, 11:50 PM
Think there's a lot more involved in this then you realize Pete. Don't want to discourage you by any means, but there's a lot of symetry and prescision involved in this. If you have the patience then go for it. I'll be the guy spending $100 from ARK for it:(

slyderdai
02-18-2008, 11:50 PM
Do you know how to weld and possess a MIG at least? If not, then you are SOL.

yes you will need a welder and some fabricating knowledge.

If you get me measurements I have an old strut bar minus the brackets. Was going to do the same thing but I'm lazy, and a horder of spare parts.

Pete03GLS
02-18-2008, 11:53 PM
i dont know how to weld ATM, but my dads shop has all the required tools to weld, and im naggin him to go one weekend n teach me.

how much symetry can there really be?? the front strut bar is so simple... i dont c how its any more complicated than i make it seem tbh :/

i would have made my own front bar, if i didnt buy the one from you.

bdiggy
02-19-2008, 12:02 AM
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I'm just saying. The way the bend's are just right to hug the back deck on the sedan and still allow the shelf to be reinstalled with no interference. I think there is more work involved here then you might think. IDK for sure as I don't have the first clue on how to do any type of metal fabrication. Go for it man. If it works out for you, I can grab one up from you instead;)

Pete03GLS
02-19-2008, 12:07 AM
oh lol well, if i find the appropriate material that ill be using for the bar to connect the 2 sides with, id find a way to bend it so that it fits.

i really have to go have a look at the types of materials that i can potentially use for this especially for the bar.

KeWLKaT
02-19-2008, 12:21 AM
If you have never worked with metal it will be tricky. strut bars, if made off by 0.15 inches, wont bolt in even if you smack them hard.

I work with metal a lot at school, and let me tell you sometimes it gets frustrating, when you grind and weld metal you have to be careful and make sure everything is square, it's harder than just welding tubing for an exhaust or anything, if you incline your metal bracket a couple of degrees, its enough to throw everything off, whereas if you weld a strait section of exhaust upside down it doesnt make any difference.

Basically rule of thumb is to tack everything, measure twice, make adjustements, then weld it for good. Don't waste resources for nothing. Wire feed is expensive and so is argon gas.



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slyderdai
02-19-2008, 12:28 AM
Basically rule of thumb is to tack everything, measure twice, make adjustements, then weld it for good. Don't waste resources for nothing. Wire feed is expensive and so is argon gas.

Amen to that keep your heat down too you will warp the hell out of it if you get it too hot. I use 75/25 Argon/O2 mix

KeWLKaT
02-19-2008, 12:44 AM
Lately I started TIG welding, I find it to be easier and less messy, and the welds look better right off the bat (if you have a steady hand).



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slyderdai
02-19-2008, 12:49 AM
Lately I started TIG welding, I find it to be easier and less messy, and the welds look better right off the bat (if you have a steady hand).

IF you have a steady hand. It took me a long time to get it down but I got it now. Oh and you got like 30 to go have fun with the whoring lol.